Thursday, October 9, 2014

Jonathan Gibson Part One

I suspect this newspaper article from The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) Sunday, September 19, 1897 may be the reason so many people want to connect Jonathan Gibson to the Charles City County Gibson families.  They may very well be related, perhaps someone may discover a document that connects them or even DNA matches.  If you have anything at all to connect Jonathan's family to the Charles City County Gibson line I would love to hear from you.

The information published in 1897 is not correct - Jonathan Gibson was born 1668 in High Knipe, Bampton, Westmoreland, England. He was the son of Richard Gibson and a Miss Wilson.  Richard was the brother of Thomas Gibson who married the granddaughter of Oliver Cromwell and also the brother of Edmund Gibson who married to Jane Langhorne, the latter being the parents of the Bishop Edmund Gibson. 

Jonathan Gibson the First married to Elizabeth Thornton, he  made his will on 30th of 7ber 1727 and it was  presented into court in King George County on the 5th of December 1729 by his widow ELIZABETH and admitted to record.  He was the father of Jonathan Gibson the Second born about 1700 and died by accidental poisoning in Faquier County, Virginia in 1724. 

Jonathan Gibson the Second married to Margaret Catlett. In 1732 Jonathan Gibson the Second penned this letter to the Bishop Edmund Gibson, a cousin of his father, as Richard Gibson and the Bishop's father, Edmund Gibson I were brothers.  

Caroline County 
May 4, 1732
Kind Sir
This ( ? the Smith) Capt. Sandy, comes to you with Dutifull Acknowledgemt of all your undeserved favors & with respects of my Mother, sisters & Spouse, who (thanks be to God) are all in good health, & most heartily wish You the like. The Readiness youve always shewed to served my friends persuades me That you will not take amiss the following request for myself, vizt. that you will be pleased to sollict my Lord of London, to recommend me furthur to our Governour, "That if an vacancy should fall, " such as of a Naval Officer's place, or clerk of a County Court by his intercession I man have [strikethrough] obtain it.  I am already most Mightily obliged to his Lordship; & can only retaliate him, by praying, {"That he may long live an Ornamt  of the English Clergy."
Inclosed you have my letters to my Unkles (Matthew & George) which I leave to Your Care to forward concluding you'll excuse this Trouble, & give me lieve (always) to subscribe my self.
Honoured Sir,
Your most obliged humble Servt
(Signed) Jonathan Gibson
The birth records of Jonathan Gibson the First and some of his brothers can be found here;

Some notes on the sons of Richard and brother of Jonathan

John Gibson, son of Richard of Bampton, Westmoreland, pp Queen's Coll., matric  18 Feb., 1691-1 aged 14; B.A. 1697 M.A. 1700, fellow 1701 B.D. 1712, D.D. 21 March, 1716-17 and provost of his college 1716-30, canon of Lincoln 1719, and of Peterborough 1727, rector of Farthingston, Northants, 1720, and of Lower Isham 1721, until his death at Oxford 1 or 5 of September 1730, buried 9th will at Oxford proved 8 April, 1731  brother of Matthew and of James 1689
Alumni Oxonienese the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715.. Volume 2 By University of Oxford, Joseph Foster
James Gibson, son of Rich., of Bampton, Westmoreland, paup. St Edmund Hall, matric. 7 March 1688-9 aged 22; B.A. 1692: brother of John 1692 and of Matthew
Matthew Gibson son of Rich of Bampton, Westmoreland pp  Queen's Coll., matric. 1 Jan 1695-6 aged 15; B.A. 1700, M.A 1703, domestic chaplain to James, Viscount Scudamore 1708, vicar of Holm Laey, 1708-22 and rector of Dore Abbey, Co Hereford, 1722-41, prebendary of St. Paul's 1730; brother of John 1692, and of James 1689
Alumni Oxonienese the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715.. Volume 2 By University of Oxford, Joseph Foster  
Will of Matthew Gibson Proved PCC 1 Apr 1741 by James GIBSON & John GIBSON, Clerks [in Holy Orders] . Notes:  [1] The Index to PCC Wills says of Dorstone, but he was more likely of Abbeydore. Matthew was the son of Richard GIBSON, of Bampton co Westmorland & entered Queen's College, Oxford in 1695/6 aged 15, BA 1700, MA 1703... (&c) Rector of Dore Abbey 1722-1741, Prebendary of St Paul's 1730. His older brothers James (1689) and John (1692) were also at Oxford. His brother James GIBSON became incumbent of Wootton Underwood co Bucks and was the father of the a/m Executor James GIBSON (Jesus College, Oxford in 1712 aged 15, Rector of Hockerton, 1722). It has not been possible to identify with certainty the other Executor. Edmund GIBSON was probably a cousin - he was the son of Edmund GIBSON of Knipe co Westmorland.

Sometime in the 1980s or 1990s this was re-published in the KENTUCKY EXPLORER but they left off the last paragraph in which G.G.A is asking if there is any truth to this claim.

Genealogy From The Long Ago (1890s)

Editor's Note: We have come across an interesting collection of old clippings dealing with Kentucky family history. Since these clippings are over 100 years old, your editor feels they will be of interest to many of our readers. We will continue this column each month until the supply is gone.

Very early a family of Gibsons settled in Charles City County,Virginia, on the James River. It could have possibly been the family of Jonathan Gibson. Some of the family records show that he came later to the Rappahannock. Jonathan was sheriff of King George County in 1701-2; burgess for Caroline County, 1736; in or about 1740 became the second county clerk of Orange County; and in 1744 he died from accidental poisoning. He was a brother of Edmund Gibson, bishop of London. They were the sons of Edmund Gibson and Jane Langhorne Gibson. Bishop Gibson wished to adopt one of his nephews in this country. Col. Catlett Gibson, of Culpeper, read the letter to his grandfather on the subject. The unexpected and uncongenial marriage of the bishop, late in life, broke off the negotiations.

Jonathan Gibson, according to the Catlett records and the universal traditions of the Gibsons, married Margaret Catlett, daughter of Col. John Catlett, of "Green Hill Estate;" at or about where is now Port Royal. This Col. John Catlett came from Letterbaume Parish, Kent County, England, and owned lands there, which his grandchildren inherited. He was killed by the Indians in 1670, at the attack on the fort near Port Royal. Margaret Catlett was an aunt of Rebecca Catlett, who married Frances Conway, and was the mother of President James Madison; hence Jonathan Gibson became sponsor of the president.

Rebecca Catlett Conway married James Moore. Their daughter, Jane Moore, married Erasmus Taylor, of Orange County.

Rachel Gibson Taylor was buried in the old Taylor graveyard, near Orange Courthouse; and her husband, George Taylor, who died in 1792, long after Rachel, was buried at her side.

Bishop Gregg, in his History of Old Cheraws, says, "In 1735 two important settlements were made on the Pedee, South Carolina. One of these was in Button's Neck, 20 miles below Mars Bluff and 40 miles above Georgetown. The other settlement referred to was made at a point on the east side of the river, called Sandy Bluff, two and a half miles above Mars Bluff. The families of Crawford, Saunders, Murfree, Crosby, Heighly, Berry, and shortly after, the Gibsons made up this community.

"Of the settlers at Sandy Bluff, the Murfrees, Saunders, Gibsons, and Crawfords accumulated the largest properties and became most prominent. Of the Gibsons, Gideon and Jordan were brothers. The latter went to the West as companion of Daniel Boone. Gideon Gibson came with his father from Virginia to Pedee. There is a public record of a grant to him for 550 acres of land, as early as April 1736. He settled at a place called 'Hickory Grove,' five miles from Sandy Bluff, on a large and fertile body of land, long after noted as the most valuable in that region. He had three sons. Of these, Stephen became wealthy and removed to Georgia about the year 1800. Roger, another son, removed to the West before the Revolution. Gideon Gibson was a man of very marked character, of commanding influence, and prominently connected with the leading events of the region, in which he lived. His death took place during the Revolution. He was shot at his own front door by his nephew, Col. Maurice Murphy, because he blamed Murphy for unnecessary cruelty to a Tory prisoner. Murphy was a man of ungovernable passion, which was often inflamed by strong drink."

The tradition in the family is that Gideon Gibson's father, who came from Virginia with him, was the "emigrant," and the father of Jonathan, Jordan, Edmund, the Bishop, and the first husband of Mrs. Saunders Murphy; who never came to this country, but whose five sons came with their mother.

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